Recent Changes to the Provincial Nominee Program Have Given International Students Have a New Opportunity to Immigrate to The Province of Nova Scotia
As of June 6th, 2014, international students who have graduated from a Canadian College or University and have a job offer from a Nova Scotia Employer are invited to apply for Permanent Residency through the Provincial Nominee Skilled Worker Stream.
“This is great news for international students like me who will graduate soon and will be considering their options for what comes next. Now, because of these changes to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, international graduates will have an avenue to immigrate to Nova Scotia that wasn’t open to them before.”
-Durgesh Singh, Nova Scotia Community College construction management technology student.
International Students Welcomed in the Province of Nova Scotia
Provincial Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab made it clear that the Province of Nova Scotia values the international students in her Province and sees them as ideal candidates for Canadian Permanent Residency;
“International graduates are educated, they’ve made friends, they know the language, and they’re already familiar with all the great things Nova Scotia has to offer,” said Ms. Diab. “Over the past year, there hasn’t been a provincial door open to help them stay. Today, that changes.”
This change is also a welcome one for Nova Scotia Universities. George Cooper, President of the University of Kings College, had this to say about the announcement;
“This will improve Nova Scotia’s position as an outstanding education destination in the international marketplace, and our ability to attract those students to institutions and communities across the province”
How to Apply for the Nova Scotia Skilled Worker Stream
The Nova Scotia Skilled Worker Stream was created to help the Provinces employers to recruit skilled workers to fill job shortages that Canadians have not been able to fill.
The first step in applying for the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSNP) is to have a permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia Employer. To learn more about the requirements of the Nova Scotia program be sure to read our free, Nova Scotia Immigration Guide.